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Category: International and Regional Issues

IBON promotes “Economics for Filipinos” with National Book Awardee

November 20, 2016

During National Book Week, research group IBON is set to launch its 2017 “Economics for Filipinos” planner with recently-proclaimed National Book Awardee Manix Abrera. Themed “Promoting Pro-people Economics for Filipinos”, the 2017 IBON planner was illustrated by the  celebrated Philippine Daily Inquirer cartoon strip “Kiko Machine” artist and author. His recent work “News Hardcore!” earned […]

2017 IBON Planner “Promoting pro-people economics for Filipinos” excerpts

November 20, 2016

  “This year, IBON highlights twelve points for nationalist and progressive economics. These counterpose the neoliberal economic policy-making that worsen poverty and inequality in the Philippines. Neoliberal  economics results in joblessness, job insecurity, decrepit social services, and foreign plunder of our natural resources. “These twelve points are drawn from the People’s Agenda for Change. The […]

Biggest 3-day sale ever: People’s Bookshop Month kickoff

November 20, 2016

IBON invites everyone to experience its People’s Bookshop Month which kicks off November 23 with a 3-day sale offering IBON books and manuscripts for as low as Php3. IBON Books feature people’s socio-economic national and international issues and alternatives. The research group also participates in the National Book Development Board-sponsored National Book Week thru a 2-day book stand […]

Then and now: US economic intervention in the Philippines

November 14, 2016

During the swearing-in of the new United States (US) ambassador to the Philippines in early November, US Secretary of State John Kerry stressed that the “logic” of the “indelible” US-Philippine alliance is “as compelling today as [it has] ever been”. Newly sworn-in US ambassador Sung Kim in turn highlighted the “ironclad” Mutual Defense Treaty, the […]

Most Filipinos opposed to more foreign ownership in PH economy – IBON Survey

November 4, 2016

​Nine of 10 Filipinos do not approve of further opening up the Philippine economy to foreign ownership of  land and the exploration and development of natural resources Research group IBON’s recent survey showed that the majority of Filipinos are against further foreign ownership in the country’s economy. Asked if they favored the proposal to further […]

US aid and imperialism

October 21, 2016

For daring the US and others to withdraw their aid, President Rodrigo Duterte has been called a “psychopath”. For those whose way of thinking has been systematically warped by colonialism and neocolonialism/imperialism, it is plain madness. As a poor country, why would we shun the “altruism” of rich countries like the US? On the contrary, […]

Science of change

October 16, 2016

As they become more scientific, organic farming practicioners learn to be more observant, inquisitive and critical of their context and social issues that affect the agriculture sector, their communities, and the whole society. Aside from the practice of collective work that has brought back cooperation among farmers, the increased social awareness has also weakened the […]

Green producerism advocacy

October 11, 2016

The advocacy for green producerism is a complement to the growing and active green consumerism in developed countries. The idea is to contribute in raising public awareness on the benefits of organic farming in order to add pressure on the State to pursue sustainable agriculture. It is more appropriate in the Philippine context than consumer […]

End US interference in PH econ affairs, gov’t urged

October 7, 2016

Independence assertion a first 100 days highlight O​n the eve of the Duterte administration’s 100th day, research group IBON said that the government should not just be open to United States (US) withdrawal of its assistance to the Philippines. The Philippines can unilaterally end so-called programs which interfere in the country’s economic policy-making. This includes […]